Must Reads

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (January 21, 2017)

This week in #patientsafety, we shine the spotlight again on findings from the Orthopedic VTE Safety Report, elaborating on last week’s announcement. From around the web, we look at an article questioning the role of doctors in opioid abuse, pain management scales, and a summary of the top stories from 2016.

Happy reading.

From PPAHS:

Key Aspects of the PPAHS Orthopedic VTE Report. Last week we announced the release of findings from our Orthopedic VTE Safety Survey. Here we elaborate on key findings.

From Around the Web:

How Much Are Docs Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse?. An interesting three-minute video on the extent to which doctors have contributed to the opioid epidemic.

Why pain is so hard to measure – and treat. A look at how doctors are developing new ways of assessing and treating pain.

The Top Medical Stories of 2016. Opioids, sepsis and new diabetes drugs are among them, according to this article.

Blood Clots, Patient Safety

Orthopedic VTE Safety Report Now Available

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) released findings on practical solutions to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement in its Orthopedic VTE Safety Report.

The survey gathered 41 respondents from across the United States and targeted experts in orthopedics. The majority of respondents indicated that they were either physicians (42.5%) or nurses (32.5%). Those who elected to identify themselves as “Other” largely fell within four self-identified professions: nurse practitioners, physical therapists, program managers, and pharmacists. About 3 in 5 respondents indicated that their primary work setting was in Orthopedics.

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